Chatham House launches new Centre on Global Health Security.

10 March 2009

Chatham House today formally launched its Centre on Global Health Security and announced that Dr David Heymann will head the Centre. Dr Heymann will join Chatham House in April from his current position with the World Health Organization.

The Centre on Global Health Security will draw on Chatham House’s expertise and international networks in foreign policy and international affairs to broaden the debate over global health. It key aims will be to conduct research, host events and develop new policy initiatives and best practices. These activities reflect the growing need for close co-operation on global health goals across government departments, international institutions, civil society and the private sector.

Dr David Heymann said: ‘I am pleased that I will be working with Chatham House on this important project. Our new Centre on Global Health Security will explore the links between the broad, but universal goals of improving and strengthening health worldwide and raising levels of overall international security and prosperity.’

The announcement was made at Chatham House’s conference on ‘Rethinking Global Health: Political and practical challenges from foreign and security policy’ where Lord Malloch-Brown welcomed the new Centre saying that its work would be ‘very important’ and that the government has already started to ‘join up international health strategy’ across Whitehall. The Foreign Office Minister added that the imbalance in health provision between countries contributes to security threats to all of us.

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Dr David Heymann is the World Health Organization’s Assistant Director-General for Health Security and Environment and Representative of the Director-General for Polio Eradication. Prior to this, from July 1998 until July 2003, Dr Heymann was Executive Director of the WHO Communicable Diseases Cluster. From October 1995 to July 1998, Dr Heymann was Director of the WHO Programme on Emerging and other Communicable Diseases, and prior to that he was the chief of research activities in the WHO Global Programme on AIDS. Before joining WHO, Dr Heymann worked for 13 years as a medical epidemiologist in sub-Saharan Africa on assignment from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Dr Heymann also worked for two years in India as a medical epidemiologist in the WHO Smallpox Eradication Programme.